Amanda Erion, LISW
Amanda has been working with Eyerly Ball since August 2018. She works as a therapist and leads the RESTORE program, an innovative team-based program treating individuals experiencing a first episode of psychosis. RESTORE helps individuals navigate the road to recovery, including supporting efforts to function well at home, school, work, in the social world and a sense of positive well-being and purpose.
Amanda has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in psychology from Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. She received her Master's degree in social work with a certificate in intrapersonal trauma studies from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.
Amanda is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) through the state of Iowa and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) through the state of Colorado. Her extensive experience in behavioral health includes, being a Clinical Supervisor in Withdrawal Management Services and Residential Treatment for substance abuse/mental health, implementing a jail-based behavioral health services program, providing group and individual therapy for court-ordered and non-court-ordered individuals, providing mental health services to individuals incarcerated in prison, and working with adolescents in a juvenile detention center. Amanda believes in working collaboratively with individuals and their support system, utilizing their strengths to help them achieve their goals and create a meaningful life in recovery.
Locations: Warren County Clinic in Indianola, IA and Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA
Cora Drew, LMFT
Cora obtained a Bachelor's degree in social psychology from Park University and a Master's degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. She relocated to Iowa and obtained her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist and a certificate as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Cora is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing for treatment of trauma-related mental health concerns. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings with adolescents and adults and has an interest in co-occurring disorder treatment. She is currently working with Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services as a mental health clinician and also provides Family Education in the RESTORE program for first-time psychosis treatment.
Locations: Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA
Joe Nemmers, LISW
Joe is a graduate from the University of Iowa with a Master's Degree of Social Work. He has several years' experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults in both residential settings and outpatient practices. His specialties include anxiety, depression, trauma, physical and sexual abuse, relationships, and grief work. Joe has a strength based approach, and use a variety of treatment modalities that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused. Joe is also certified in EMDR. He serves as the Clinical Supervisor at Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services.
Story County Clinic in Ames, IA and Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA
Katie Schickel, LMSW
Katie is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She received her Bachelor's degree in social work and Master's degree in social work specializing in trauma-informed care from the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to joining Eyerly Ball, Katie worked as a social worker on an inpatient behavioral health unit meeting with clients individually and conducting group therapy. Katie has a strengths based approach and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Care. She is currently serving as a mental health clinician at Eyerly Ball Community Health Services.
Locations: Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA
Kim Peterson, LISW
Kim is a licensed master social worker. She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Evangel University and her Master's degree in Social Work from University of Iowa. She is a mental health therapist at UnityPoint Health - Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services. Kim has had the privilege of working with clients of all ages from children, teens and adults who have concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse issues, school problems and relationship difficulties. She enjoys working with clients using a strength based and family systems approach.
Polk County Clinic in Des Moines, IA
Samantha Fernandez, tLMHC
Samantha earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Iowa and went on to obtain a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Iowa. Samantha holdsa temporary license in Mental Health Counseling.
Prior to joining Eyerly Ball, Samantha worked in IowaCity providing mental health seNices to those who have or are experiencing homelessness coupled with mental health and/or substance use disorders. Samantha is a veteran and enjoys being able to connect and work with individuals who have also served in the military. She primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused Therapy. She is currently in the process of being trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Samantha has a special interest in working with individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders as well as personality disorders. She serves as an outpatient clinical therapist at Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services.
Brandi Munch, LISW
Brandi obtained her Bachelors degree in psychology from Buena Vista University and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa.
Brandi also has a background in Integrative Yoga Therapy and massage therapy. She has worked in many different social work settings including licensing foster families, case management, working with adults With disabilities, and hospital social work.
Brandi has a strength based approach and uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR.
Joe Brinkman, tLMHC
Joe obtained a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counselor from Walden University and is a temporary Licensed Mental Health Counselor working towards full licensure.
Joe has several years of experience working as a substance abuse counselor working with Eyerly Ball since March of 2020. He utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing as well as Solution-Focused therapy and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy. He works primarily with adults dealing with anger, anxiety, depression, trauma and other life challenges.
Location: Des Moines
Cody Samec, LMHC
Cody is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with his Master's degree in Mental Health and Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Drake University. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Human Services from Buena Vista University.
Cody has several years' experience working with adults involved in the criminal justice system and in the community mental health field. Prior experience includes working as a Probation Parole Officer II in the Mental Health Unit and as the Team Lead over the Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team within Eyerly Ball's Community Based Services.
He has completed training for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training for Trainers (ASIST T4T), is a former Family Development Specialist with certification through the University of Iowa, and serves on both the Justice Advisory Board and Iowa Board of Behavioral Science through the state of Iowa. Cody's specialties include anxiety, depression, relationships, vocational, and "criminality". Cody has various therapeutic styles where he uses motivational interviewing, strength-based approach, and person centered approach. He serves as the Intake Therapist at Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services.
Laura Probasco, LISW
Laura has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, and a Master's degree in Social Work from the St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. Laura is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) through the state of Iowa. She joined the Unity Point –Eyerly Ball team in the summer of 2022. She is a mental health therapist that works with ages 3 - depending on ability to communicate - and up with an interest in child and family work.
Previously, Laura provided mental health therapy to children, adults, and families while working at ChildServe in Johnston, IA. During her time there Laura worked with a diverse populations including, but not limited to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, neurodivergent, mood related disorders, trauma, attachment concerns, and family systems conflict.
Laura is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy (TIYT). Laura supports individuals and families to identify and enhance their strengths to make positive change in their lives.
Location: Warren County Clinic in Indianola, IA
Jason Hunt, LMSW
Jason is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master's degree from the University of Iowa. He received his Bachelor's degree in psychology from Northeastern Illinois University, where he also minored in sociology. Throughout his academic career he focused not only on what is going on in the brain and the body for those suffering from mental health problems, but he also focused on the social systems that impact an individual, as well as the larger societal factors, such as race, class, and gender, that can play a major role in individual's mental health and wellbeing. Before joining Eyerly Ball, Jason worked at the House of Mercy as a substance abuse counselor and mental health therapist. Jason also worked as a schooled based therapist in many of the middle and high schools in the Des Moines area, and worked with many families in the home through in home family therapy and behavioral health intervention services (BHIS).
Jason uses a strengths based, empowerment approach and incorporates many treatment modalities in his practice that include the Person Centered approach, the Trauma Informed perspective, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He also utilizes attachment theory when working on relationships and existential psychology when addressing how to live life with meaning and purpose. Jason is comfortable and experienced in working with a wide range of diagnoses that include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and PTSD, as well as a range of populations, such as children, adults, couples, and families. Another one of Jason's strengths is working in the group setting, and Jason has started such groups as co-occurring disorders and anger management since starting here at Eyerly Ball. When not in the office, Jason enjoys spending time with family, drawing and painting, philosophy, science fiction, and disc golf.